The Tipping Point Blog Archive May, 2012
Earlier this month, the Maine Center for Economic Policy began warning that passing LD 849, the new TABOR bill, which turns future temporary state surpluses into permanent additional tax breaks primarily benefiting the wealthy, would damage Maine’s reputation among the ratings agencies that determine how much it costs the state to borrow and pay its debts.
Controversy continues from the Maine GOP Convention which occurred last weekend, including questions about whether the results – a massive delegate victory for Ron Paul – will be challenged by the Romney campaign.
Last night, the Bangor Daily News posted a rather stunning story, one that seems certain to be shared across the country today on both political blogs and sites showcasing "news of the weird." The piece, which has been joined by articles in the MaineToday papers this morning, reveals that Belfast State Representative Erin Herbig f
I'm deeply disappointed by what seems to be the growing irrationality of our public and political discourse. I see it when looking at polling, when wildly popular ideas are still considered outside of the realm of political discussion. I see it in the media, when both sides of an issue are often given equal rhetorical weight, regardless of their actual merits. It’s particularly obvious among the conservative right, which now makes a point of pride out of denigrating education, science-based policy and often the very idea of governance itself.